downtown’s changing landscape

gameplan for 505 church street
gameplan for 505 church street

lots of talk this month about the changing landscape of downtown.  the federal aviation administration has granted additional air space to developer tony giarratana’s new 605-foot mixed-use tower at 505 church street.   it now can reach as high as 770 feet, which will make it the tallest building in nashville.   the batman building (at&t) reaches only 617 feet tall.  that, however, doesn’t compare to giarrantana’s original dream for that address: the much taller 70-story, 1,030-foot signature tower a few years ago.  it would have been the tallest building in the country outside of chicago and new york city.

also in the works is a possible 450-room hyatt regency for the southside of lower broadway between second and third avenue.

rendering of hyatt place planned for broadway & third.
rendering of hyatt place planned for broadway & third

it will include over 25,000 square feet of meeting space, on-site parking for over 350 and several retail and restaurant ventures on the front end.  the developers hope to break ground by the end of the year and is projected to cost around $135 million.  that’s not to be confused with the almost-completed 13-story hyatt place which sits at 301 3rd avenue and will open later this year.

the mayor also unveiled his plan this week for two new park spaces downtown, one on the west bank and one on the east bank next to the titans stadium.

the former site of the thermal plant until it burned down in 2002. now being repurposed for green space on the river.

the west bank’s 12-acre park will include a 6,500-seat amphitheater, dog park, trails and a garden.  the site has been used a few times already for various events including the city’s july 4 celebration this year.  there will also be a new greenway extension that will tie the park to rolling mill hill greenway, creating a two-mile loop.

additionally, dean laid out plans for a 4.5-acre park which would sit in between lp field & the river.  it will include easy access to the water for folks wanting to canoe, kayak or row the cumberland river.


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